December 18, 2002
The Essential Guide to Linux: O'Reilly Releases "Running Linux, Fourth Edition"
Sebastopol, CA--The reasons for switching to Linux are as varied as
Linux users themselves. Whatever spirit of rebellion drives them to
begin a Linux installation--whether they're fed up with commercial
operating systems, or looking for something stable that will run on a
clunker PC, or they just like living on the edge of the latest
technological trends--Linux offers many options, for free, that will
satisfy them. Moreover, these rebel Linux users soon find that they
have a degree of control over their computer systems that they may not
have previously experienced. Without much trouble, they can learn how
Linux works, how to troubleshoot problems, and how to dig even more
deeply into their systems. Whatever they hope to accomplish, Running
Linux (Welsh, Dalheimer, Dawson, and Kaufman, O'Reilly, US $44.95), a
classic now in its fourth edition, is the book they'll want to reach
"Running Linux" explains everything readers need to know to understand,
install, and start using Linux. "More than ever, Linux is being adopted
by new users with no previous Unix experience, and most users do not
buy a Linux distribution with customer support," says coauthor Lar
Kaufman. "Although the Linux Documentation Project provides ample
resources in many areas, 'Running Linux' provides that needed master
source that pulls information together." Recognized by the Linux
community as the getting-started book that solves users' actual needs,
this book answers the questions and tackles configuration issues that
frequently plague users, but are seldom addressed in other books.
Whether readers are installing Linux for the first time, or need to
know more about a specific task, such as adding a network printer or
configuring for ADSL, they will benefit from the authors' clear,
well-organized instructions. The book doesn't draw the line at the
kernel, or the shell, or the GUI, or even at the point of essential
applications. Rather, the authors, experienced Linux enthusiasts, have
anticipated problem areas, selected stable and popular solutions, and
provided clear discussions and instructions to ensure that readers will
have a satisfying experience running Linux. The discussion is direct
and complete enough to guide novice users while still providing the
additional information experienced users will need to progress in their
mastery of Linux.
The fourth edition of "Running Linux" delves deeper into installation,
system administration, configuring desktops, and networking than
earlier editions did. New topics include:
- The popular LAMP configuration that combines Linux with Apache, MySQL,
- Applications ready for prime time
- The GNOME desktop
- Basic security and firewalling
- Package management on Debian
- The Postfix mail transfer agent
- Sound configuration
A solid foundation text for any Linux user, the book also includes
additional resources for dealing with special requirements imposed by
hardware, advanced applications, and emerging technologies. Whether
readers are using Linux on a home workstation or maintaining a network
server, they'll find that "Running Linux" provides expert advice just
when they need it.
What the critics said about the previous edition of this book:
"'Running Linux,' by Matt Welsh and Lar Kaufman, is a gentle welcome to
Linux that shows you around, points out some places where you may want
to spend some time, and tells you where to find good detailed guides.
Over time, 'Running Linux' has become my first choice for broad
questions. ('Linux in a Nutshell' is my choice for details like utility
--Jeff Taylor, Dr. Dobbs Electronic Review of
Computer Books, April 2001
"Amazon Best of 2000: Computer Networking"
"For beginners the best choice is the classic 'Running Linux.' There
are other good starting guides, but this one does the best job of
capturing the spirit of Linux while providing essential
--Gene Wilburn, Computer Paper, December 2000
"Widely accepted as the book on Linux for the new generation, it has
achieved international acclaim and survived the battering of the flame
wars, which is saying something! It's an easy book to read that takes
you through just about everything you need to know to get a broad
overview of what Linux is and how it works."
--Rob Fenwick, PC Answers, December 2000
"First Place, Linux Magazine's Editor's Choice Awards, 2000"
"If you're a user that's fairly new to Linux, this book will help you
get up to speed quickly. If you're a die-hard Linux fanatic, you'll
love this book as a reference for those long nights when you can't
quite remember the syntax to a command you last used five years ago.
Buy it, read it, but be careful about loaning it out! My copy
disappeared for a month."
--Linux Magazine, December 2000
"A good core for configuring and running a Linux system."
--Dr. John Joyce, Scientific Computing, October 2000
Running Linux, Fourth Edition
Matt Welsh, Matthias Kalle Dalheimer, Terry Dawson, and Lar Kaufman
ISBN 1-596-00272-6, 672 pages, $44.95 (US), $69.95 (CAN), 31.95 (UK)
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